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Video – Michelle Forbes Dishes on True Blood!

I promised all of you more Michelle Forbes coverage from Polaris 23 this past weekend, and here it is! I thought that instead of writing about it, I’d make a little video for all of you with clips from Sunday’s press conference.


My Polaris 23 coverage continues this week with more from Michelle Forbes, and Michael Hogan shares some intriguing stories.

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Polaris 23 – True Blood Tidbits from Michelle Forbes!

Michelle Forbes at Polaris 23

Michelle Forbes at Polaris 23

What better way to follow up last night’s epic reveal on True Blood than some words from Maryann herself? Over this past weekend, Michelle Forbes was part of TCON’s Polaris 23 just outside of Toronto, and she had some interesting little tidbits to share on True Blood and what’s to come during the Fan Q and A Sunday afternoon.

What was your reaction to the description of Maryann’s first appearance in your first True Blood script, i.e. “walking naked in the middle of the road at night – with a pig”?

All you can say is bring it – let’s go. I knew I was going to need to take some vitamins because it was going to be one hell of a ride.

What is the significance of the pig, and have we seen the last of it yet?

I can’t really say anything except that you will find out what happens with that oinker!

Speaking of the pig, as someone who is active with animal rights, have you gotten to know the pig and its handlers?

Yes, in fact there are two pigs, sisters. I’ve gotten to know them, their wranglers and trainers, and they have wonderful lives. Everyone on set gets very excited when the pigs are going to make an appearance. Except one of the pigs didn’t like a crew member, a grip, and actually charged him on set during the dollhouse scene with Chris Bauer (Det. Andy Bellefleur).

How aware are you of True Blood’s soundtrack?

Music plays an enormous role on True Blood. I’ve been a fan of music supervisor Gary Calamar for ages, since his show on KCRW in LA. When we get a script, the music is already laid in, and each episode is named after a song. With every script I get, I download the music and listen to it, use it as a soundtrack for rehearsing and filming, to really ignite the imagination. I find it ends up costing me a lot of money, because I end up discovering other music. Before I know it, I’ve downloaded $250 worth of music, so reading a script can become costly! He searches for local talent and really brings that element to the show. The music adds texture to the storytelling – Calamar is to True Blood like Bear McCreary is to BSG.

Emmy nominations are out later this week – do you think you or True Blood might get a nod this year?

I don’t think I’ll be nominated, but True Blood might get something. It’s good for this genre to break down the door, and really, BSG should have been nominated all along, Mary McDonnell should have armloads of awards for that show. I’m not really a fan of award shows with different shows and performances competing against each other, it’s like comparing apples to oranges, so I won’t be up early to watch the nominations. But I hope the show or Alan Ball is acknowledged.

A final thought … when asked about upcoming episodes of True Blood, and whether Maryann had a hand in the attack on Sookie, she stayed tight-lipped on details, but emphatically shared, “It becomes so insane and outrageous this year it will blow your mind!”

I’ll have some more Polaris 23 coverage tomorrow, including more info on True Blood, and some video clips from the press conference with Michelle Forbes!

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The Televixen’s Second True Blood Podcast!


After some technical difficulties, The Televixen’s second True Blood Podcast, Pumps, Pudding and Power is finally ready!

Special thanks to my guest, Darby (you can find him on Twitter @HiDarby) and to Adam of TV Done Wright for sending in his thoughts on the past couple episodes of the show.

Check it out!

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The Televixen’s First True Blood Podcast!


I’ve been itching to do a podcast for quite a while now, so what better way to get started than by discussing the Season Two premiere of HBO’s True Blood!

I’m joined by my friend Sarah, True Blood fan, and fan of all things vampire!

SPOILER WARNING – If you haven’t seen the Season Two premiere of True Blood as of yet, this podcast does contain numerous spoilers.

Hope you enjoy my first attempt at recording, editing and publishing a podcast! And if you’d like to join me for the next one, send an e-mail to melissa-at-the-televixen-dot-com or DM me on Twitter @thetelevixen.

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The Televixen’s Sizzling Summer TV Picks – Part 3!

The month of July marks the return of two of my absolute faves – Torchwood and Entourage! Now Torchwood doesn’t get a full season this year, but does have a jaw-dropping 5-part mini series lined up. And the last that we saw Vinnie Chase, after reaching a career low, Martin Scorsese offered him the lead in his next flick!

Here are a couple of promos for you to check out:

Torchwood: Children of Earth (BBC America, July 20th)

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Entourage (HBO and HBO Canada – July 12th)

So now that I’ve shared my Sizzling Summer TV Picks, why don’t you tell me what shows you’re most looking forward to during the lazy, hazy days of June, July and August?

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The Televixen’s Sizzling Summer TV Picks – Part One!

While many TV watchers are counting down the days until the fall season, I can barely contain my excitement for the upcoming summer TV season!

I thought I’d start by sharing some clips of two of my favourite shows that ended their last seasons with intriguing cliffhangers – both of these will be keeping me glued to the flat panel over the next few months!

True Blood (HBO and HBO Canada, June 14th)

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Weeds (Showtime, June 8th)

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Tomorrow’s picks will include two new series making their debut this summer that I’m certain will become must watch TV on this Televixen’s list!

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What Was Your Fave Series Finale?


Last week, I wanted to know which series you’d bring back if you had the power to revive anything from TV’s past.

Today, I’d like to know your picks for favourite series finale. With the BSG’s end looming on the horizon, I’ve been thinking about sendoffs of the past, and which ones I thought were the best.

If I had to pick just one, I’d have to say Six Feet Under. The series finale was perfection! Each story line was tied up beautifully, and as someone who followed the Fisher clan for 5 years, I was completely satisfied with how it all ended.

So which series finale has been your fave so far? And on the flipside, which series finale did you think was a disappointment?

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Flight of the Conchords Announce North American Tour!


I’m a happy gal today – The Flight of the Conchords have announced a Spring Tour, which includes 2 dates in Toronto! They’ll be playing my favourite venue, Massey Hall, on April 21st and 22nd. I can’t wait! In addition to Bret and Jemaine, some cities even get Mel (Kristen Schaal) or Dave (Arj Barker). Tickets go on sale next weekend.

Here are the tour dates and locations:

4/6/09 – Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
4/7/09 – Coral Gables, FL – University of Miami BankUnited Center
4/8/09 – Orlando, FL – UCF Arena
4/10/09 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
4/11/09 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
4/13/09 – Washington, D.C. – Constitution Hall
4/14/09 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
4/17/09 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
4/18/09 – Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theatre (2 shows)
4/19/09 – Kent, OH – Kent State University
4/21/09 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
4/22/09 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
4/24/09 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
4/25/09 – Bloomington, IN – IU Auditorium
4/26/09 – Madison, WI – Overture Center for the Arts
4/28/09 – Chicago, IL – Aerie Crown
4/30/09 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre
5/2/09 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre (2 shows)
5/3/09 – Minneapolis, MN – Northrop Auditorium
5/5/09 – Dallas, TX – Nokia Theatre
5/6/09 – Houston, TX – Jones Hall
5/7/09 – Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall
5/10/09 – Vancouver, BC – Center in Vancouver for the Performing Arts
5/11/09 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
5/12/09 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
5/14/09 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
5/16/09 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
5/17/09 – Salt Lake City, UT – Abravanel Hall
5/19/09 – Phoenix, AZ – Dodge Theatre
5/20/09 – San Diego, CA – RIMAC Arena
5/22/09 – Santa Barbara, CA – County Bowl
5/23/09 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
5/24/09 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
5/25/09 – Berkeley, CA – Berkeley Community Theatre (2 shows)

Here’s what you’ll be missing if you don’t go:

So who else is planning to see TFOC?

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It’s Golden Globe Time!

The Golden Globes have come to an end. Thanks for joining me for my live ramblings. Congrats to the winners, even if one of them wasn’t NPH.

10:58 Best Motion Picture Drama goes to Slumdog Millionaire. People everywhere rejoice. What’s that – the F word just slipped out!!! NBC, prepare for a fine!

10:50 Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama goes to Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler. Wow, I remember when people used to watch his films for a glimpse or two of his butt. Now he’s an award winner for a serious, dramatic role. And he thanked his dogs, past and present. Good on ya, Mickey. Your name will no longer only be synonymous with Wild Orchid and 9 1/2 Weeks.

10:43 Best Television Series – Drama goes to Mad Men. Not surprised. Everyone and their uncle loves that show. I’m still only 3 eps into the first season. I know, sacrilege.

10:37 Mark Wahlberg isn’t talking to animals. Bummer. KATE WINSLET WON AGAIN! I have to say I am so happy for her her. I’ve been watching her in films for more than half my life, and seen many award shows that she went home empty handed, often losing to the matriarchs of film. Congrats Kate. I’m thrilled for you!

10:28 The Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy goes to Vicky Christina Barcelona. Another one I haven’t seen yet. Wow, I should get out more often.

10:18 Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy goes home with Colin Farrell for In Bruges. Dark comedy takes it! He seems shocked, and remarks “They must have done the counting in Florida.”

10:12 Best Director goes to Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire. I haven’t seen this yet. Scared it won’t live up to the insane hype I’ve heard so far. I might give it some time, then check it out.

10:02 Steven Spielberg is given the Cecil B. DeMille award. Good for him, but I must take a break.

9:47 I never knew David Duchovny and Tea Leoni were back together. That’s the second time he’s mentioned his wife and child. Interesting. He and Jane Krakowski just awarded Tina Fey with the Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy. Again, I love 30 Rock, so I’m thrilled with this win. Fey always seems genuinely happy that she won. I like her. She’s awesome!

9:43 Is it just my eyes, or does Kate Beckinsale looks annoyed with her co-presenter, Sean Combs? Slumdog Millionaire has won for Best Original Score – Motion Picture.

9:36 Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy goes to 30 Rock! Whoo hoo! Tracy Morgan is quite the spokesperson. And I never realized just how plunging Tina Fey’s neckline was until just now.

9:31 I never would have guessed in a million years that Paul Giamatti would win for John Adams. He just took the statue for Best Actor. Again, sarcasm. Who knew a movie about that creepy kooky family was so award-worthy. Oh wait, John Adams is about a president?

9:28 Frak me, I will never be able to get past Renee Zellweger’s eyes. Her squintiness annoys me! Open your eyes, lady!

9:21 Amy Poehler and Patrick Dempsey take the stage to name Alec Baldwin Best Actor in a TV Comedy or Musical. Love 30 Rock, so happy with the win!

9:19 Elizabeth Banks and Seth Rogen, reunited after Zack and Miri. They give the award for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture to Slumdog Millionaire.

9:10 I know you’re surprised, but Laura Linney just won for John Adams. Note sarcasm. Again, I wrote this line before the winner was announced.

9:06 Yum yum, Colin Farrell presenting the Best Foreign Language Film. Bad boy or not, he’s a hottie. He sniffles and says, “Still have a cold. Not the other thing it used to be.” Way to poke fun at former drug use. Waltz With Bashir from Israel takes the statue.

8:59 A moment to recognize Heath Ledger as he takes the Best Supporting Actor Award. The other nominees in the category present a very graceful front. The performance was worthy, definitely award-winning.

8:54 John Adams wins for Best Mini-Series or TV Movie. I know, you’re shocked. I actually typed that before they gave the award, this category was so predictable!

8:42 Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy goes to Sally Hawkins for Happy Go Lucky. And she is lucky, picking up an award from the dashing Johnny Depp. I would have hugged him or at least shook his hand.

8:39 WTF? The Jonas Brothers? I guess it’s appropriate to have kids give the award for Best Animated Feature Film. Wall-E takes the award. Good flick. Entertaining and a powerful statement on the environment. A worthy win!

8:36 Ricky Gervais tells off the crowd for not quieting down, drinking a beer on stage, griping about not being nominated this year, but still manages to be funny.

8:32 HOLY S*#$@! Anna Paquin won! I adore True Blood, so I’m very happy with her taking home the statue for Actress in a TV Series – Drama.

8:30 Gabriel Byrne for In Treatment? Are you kidding me? That show puts me to sleep. Wishing Michael C. Hall, or at least Hugh Laurie had won as Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama.

8:18 Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-series or TV Movie has gone to Laura Dern for Recount. Wow, political movies swept the Emmys, and now it looks like politics continue to be a winner at the Golden Globes.

8:15 Tom Wilkinson just won for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-series or TV Movie (for John Adams). I’m a little disappointed. I was so hoping for Neil Patrick Harris to win. BTW, Jeremy Piven is there, and he doesn’t look too good. I know a lot of people are angry with him right now for backing out of Speed-the-Plow on Broadway, but heck, he looks sick!

8:08 Best Original Song – Motion Picture goes to Bruce Springsteen for “The Wrestler”. I have yet to see this film, but apparently Mickey Rourke asked Bruce Springsteen personally to write this song.

8:02 Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture goes to Kate Winslet for The Reader. Yay! I’ve loved this girl since, well, I was a teenager. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride has been changed tonight for Winslet! So happy that she gets to take this award home.

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Is it just me, or did the Golden Globes steal the font from the Golden Compass?

Anthony Kiedis & HBO Developing Series

Two of this Televixen’s favourite things are about to collide – music and television. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ frontman Anthony Kiedis has teamed up with Catapult 360 partners Marc Abrams and Michael Benson to work on a TV project for HBO based somewhat on his memoir Scar Tissue.

Variety recently reported that HBO and Kiedis are developing a series

…which will center on Kiedis’ relationship with his father, Spider, who sold drugs and mingled with rock stars on the Sunset Strip, all while aspiring to get into showbiz.

RHCP have been one of my favourite bands for … well … decades, and I never thought of Kiedis’ childhood as content for a TV series, but the prospect intrigues me. I can actually envision this as Almost Famous meets Entourage meets Californication (Ooooh Californication … I see a pattern here.  Maybe it’s a sign). I can already picture Kiedis in a cameo appearance … although it’d thrill me beyond belief if he were a series regular and played the father role.

What are your thoughts on this series in development? Would you watch this series?

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